Spain – Cordoba has the grand Mezquita but has also more to offer

I knew of Cordoba because of the Mezquita so we decided to sleep just in front of the church to make sure we could make it to the opening. However that meant my New Zealand husband, who is used to more space on roads, had to deal with maneuvering our car through the maze of Cordoba to get to the hotel!
Early on this particularly cold November morning, the Mezquita was almost empty as we hoped for and the place met all our expectations:beautiful, surreal, calm … we enjoyed it thoroughly. But at the end of the visit we still had most of day left and headed out to explore the rest of Cordoba: a little alley beautifully decorated with geraniums, a visit to the Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos and his beautiful gardens full of orange trees, a walk by night on the Roman bridge with its beautiful view of the city and so on … Cordoba is certainly not only the Mezquita!

Voyagista’s Tips

  • Visit the Mezquita when it opens at 8:30 as there will be very few people and admission is free at this time.
  • For a snack after your Mezquita visit, the Santos Bar next door offers one of the best tortillas we had in Spain
  • The Mezquita hotel is right in front of one of the Mezquita’s entrances. Our room was an old chapel, a little dark but original!

We would have liked to visit the Medina Azahara: Have you been there? What did you think?


  1. Thanks Marianne you are right no need to go at 8.30 to get in for free!

  2. I love Cordoba, too 🙂

    Did you know that you can also gain free entry to the Alcazar if you arrive before 10.30am?

  3. C’est vraiment une chouette ville…

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